BRUINS NOTEBOOK, March 3, 2008
Warning: the B’s are streaking…
With Saturday's 3-2 shootout win, the Bruins have extended their point streak to eight games and enter Monday night's game at 7-0-1. It is their longest such streak since the 2005-06 season when they went 4-0-5. The win also extended their current win streak to six games, their longest such streak since the 2003-04 season.
Forward Marc Savard
has a seven-game assist & point streak in progress with 1-10-11 totals. Savard currently holds the league title for the most assists with a total of 59. He also leads the Bruins in points with a total of 73 on the season.
Fellow forward Marco Sturm has a seven-game point streak in progress with 3-7-10 totals and, amongst the Bruins, currently holds second place in total points with 47.
Since tallying his first NHL goal on February 26th, rookie forward David Krejci
has kept the goal streak alive by scoring in each of the next two games.
As Krejci put it, “I don’t know what happened. All of a sudden the puck has started going in the net. Hopefully it will be like this until the end of the season.”Getting closer…
As of Saturday's game, the Bruins had secured the sixth seat in the Eastern Conference and are now tied with the New York Rangers with 76 points -- only five points out of first place, currently held by the Montreal Canadiens (81 points).
At 64, the B’s also have the most games left to play in the Eastern Conference, and hold as many as five games in hand against teams in the East. They hold no less than two games in hand against anyone in the top eight.And the lid goes to…
Goalie Tim Thomas
received the B's hardhat for his big saves in Saturday's game. He stopped a total of 26 shots and an additional three shootout attempts.
On wearing the Bruins hard hat (awarded to Bruin who puts forward extraordinary effort), Thomas joked, “It feels a little awkward. I’m right in between sizes. I need to tighten it up a bit, but if I do, it squeezes my brain."Quick draw Kessel…
Sophomore forward Phil Kessel added another goal to his shootout docket on Saturday. That put him in first place in the league for shootout game deciding goals.
With less than two full years in the league, Phil is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to shootouts. Kessel has a total of 5 shootout game-deciding goals this season and nine in his career.
Kessel also notched an assist in Saturday's game and is 15-16-31 on the season.Garden Level…
Saturday's game marked the ninth sell-out of the season at the TD Banknorth Garden.
By far one of the loudest games of the campaign, with 17,565 in attendance, the apex of the night came during the final moment of the penalty shot contest when Thomas shut down the Thrashers final shooter, Ilya Kovalchuk to win the B’s two more hard earned points.
The crowd was on their feet much of the night, faithfully cheering, clapping, and chanting, “Let’s go Bruins” and when the win came to fruition, it turned into one big Bruins celebration.
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|John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker. |
Looks like it's Tim Thomas
in goal this evening, my friends. Not too much else going on with the Washington contingent.
3:45 p.m.Hey, running around trying to grab video for my Patrice Bergeron/Manny Fernandez story. Look for that story, including some video and audio on the front page. In the meantime, Tim Thomas has gotten some more recognition. JB
From NHL.com: Sundin, Thomas and Knuble named week's '3 Stars' NEW YORK –
Toronto Maple Leafs center Mats Sundin, Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Mike Knuble have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 2...